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If I'm going to do instructional-type videos, I'm going to need to do better than relying on the mic in the camera(s) to capture sound. Even with the kind help of the folks on the AudioDirector board, my poor audio track couldn't be edited, and Jl-Jl (Jeff) suggested I get a lapel mic.

I'm not a pro... just a passionate amateur, so I don't want to spend the money really professional gear would cost.

Do any of you have recommendations for something reasonably good? Is the best idea a wireless lapel mic? Would the receiver be connected to one of the cameras, or is the audio recorded separately and then added later?

I saw this on the B&H website, and I hope I won't have to spend quite that much but I could be convinced to if you all think it's good: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/999979-REG/polsen_cam_2w_g1_2_channel_vhf_camera_mount.html

Thanks for any suggestions.
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stevek
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What camcordewr are you using? See if there is an external directional mic for it. I have one for may Sony and it works well. .
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BarryTheCrab
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It is similar to my 2 channel Azden, and has good reviews, tho only 9 of them. You can get my model for about the same, and I love it, but if you can afford a better/sturdier one, go for it. Wireless is great.

If you do an interview, a directional mic will give you hollow sound unless you stick it in the subject's face, trust me.

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What about using my iPhone and something like the Rode SmartLav+... supposedly pretty good audio quality and less expensive than one of the wireless options and with the advantage of not having to worry about wireless range, interference, etc.

Anyone here have experience with that one?
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I am unfamiliar with that choice. HP Envy Phoenix/4thGen i7-4770(4@3.4GHz~turbo>3.9)/Nvidia GTX 960(4GB)/16GB DDR3/7,200rpm/w10x64---
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ynotfish
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Hi Eldor -

A wireless lavalier is a good choice, especially for interviews & instructional videos, but I can't offer any particular recommendations. Other more experienced forum members will do that better. I personally have little need for that, so I haven't investigated much. Others here have done quite extensive testing.

A couple of videos that may provide some guidance - https://youtu.be/lGuBCyt-KOs & https://youtu.be/0gy60tRaWNY

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Thank you Barry and Tony.

You guys are terrific!

I'm going the cheaper route for now... I've ordered the Rode SmartLav+ and should receive it by Friday, maybe even tomorrow if their overnight delivery can be believed.

$100, and it supposedly gives broadcast quality audio.

And if I later see the need for a wireless lapel mic, well, I can always use this to record meetings, etc.

I'll be sure to report back here with my impressions.

Cheers!
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